By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
For now it is the single largest haul of death recorded in incidence of attack by armed bandits in Niger State.
Reports reaching our Correspodent in Minna confirmed that last Sunday, armed bandits had stormed Galadiman Kogo, one of the fifteen wards in Shiroro council area of Niger state and laid ambush on security operatives including soldiers and Mobile Police men and killed about twenty nine of the security operatives.
The village which has an epic centre of the violent raid by armed bandits has been deserted as locals were jostled by the sounds of crazy gun shots as armed bandits stormed the village in commando style, shooting sporadically on anything on sight.
Two police Hillux vans were set ablaze by the bandits who sources said they also carted away the service guns of the slain security operatives.
Following series of raids and attacks by armed bandits, security operatives were stationed in the area to check the activities of the bandits.
The attack on Sunday, must have taken the security operatives by surprise. Reports on the attack from locals suggested that none of the security men survived as the bandits swooped on them like Buffalo and killed 29 of them as they scampered away in different directions.
Corpses of the slain security operatives were shown in graphics pictures forwarded to our correspondent.
Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday in Minna, a group, Concern Shiroro Youth led by the duo of Bello Ibrahim and Yusuf Sani Kokoki, lamented that Shiroro council area which was once a peaceful and secured area had now been turned into an epic centre of banditry, kidnapped, livestock rustling, rape and killing by armed bandits.
“A once peaceful and prosperous local government, Shiroro has been reduced to center of killings, raping and maiming”.
“These incessant attacks have rendered thousands homeless, hundreds killed, properties worth millions of naira stolen or destroyed, millions of naira paid in ransom, women raped, children orphaned, and human dignity butchered” said the group.
As at the time of writing this report, there was no official response or reaction from any of the security commands over the incident.